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Israeli Intel Cooperation with Egypt at 'Unprecedented' Level

Israel has seen "unprecedented" intelligence cooperation with Egypt and Jordan as the countries' fight against the Islamic State group nudge them to work together more closely, Israel's deputy military chief said Wednesday.

Major General Yair Golan said "there is a strong feeling in the region... that we have to put aside past animosities and concentrate on mutual interests and working together" to deal with the jihadist threat.

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Israel Probes Bus Bombing, Boosts Security for Jewish Holiday

Israeli authorities on Tuesday were investigating a Jerusalem bus bombing that wounded 21 people and raised fears of a sharp escalation in violence, while police planned tightened security for the Jewish Passover holiday.

The bomb tore through a bus in a relatively isolated area of southern Jerusalem on Monday night, with the fire spreading to a second bus.

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Swedish Minister Quits after Comparing Israel to Nazi Germany

A Swedish cabinet minister of Turkish origin who compared Israel to Nazi Germany and was photographed with Turkish ultra-nationalists resigned on Monday, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced.

"Mehmet Kaplan has submitted his resignation and I have accepted it," Lofven told reporters, nonetheless praising the outgoing housing minister's "humanistic and democratic values."

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Israel Soldier who Shot Wounded Palestinian Charged with Manslaughter

An Israeli soldier caught on video shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant in the head was charged with manslaughter on Monday in a case that has sparked widespread controversy.

Prosecutors presented the indictment to a military court over the March 24 killing, which occurred minutes after the Palestinian had stabbed another soldier and lay prone on the ground wounded by gunfire, according to Israeli authorities.

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Syria Envoy: Israeli Golan Cabinet Meeting 'Provocative'

Syria's envoy to the United Nations on Monday denounced as "provocative" an unprecedented Israeli cabinet meeting held in the Golan Heights, which the Jewish state annexed decades ago.

"It is an irresponsible provocation committed by Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of the Israeli occupation force," Bashar al-Jaafari said of Sunday's cabinet meeting, which was the first ever to be held in the territory seized from Syria in 1967.

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Netanyahu Vows Golan Heights Will Remain Israel's 'Forever'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Sunday that the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights would "forever" remain in his country's hands as his cabinet held its first meeting in the territory.

"The Golan Heights will remain in the hands of Israel forever," Netanyahu said at the start of the cabinet meeting, in comments broadcast on public radio.

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Palestinian with Axe Attacks Israeli Soldier, Shot Dead

A Palestinian armed with an axe attacked an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank and was shot dead on Thursday, the Israeli army said, ending a three-week lull in deadly incidents.

The soldier was lightly wounded in the attack, which occurred near the Al-Arroub refugee camp between Hebron and Bethlehem.

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Israeli Raid in Ramallah Sparks Fire, Clashes

Israeli forces raided a money changer in the Palestinian political capital Ramallah early on Thursday, blowing up a safe and sparking a fire, which led to minor clashes, the army and witnesses said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said the pre-dawn raid was to "confiscate terror funds" held in the shop in the occupied West Bank.

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Israel Arrests Four Jews over Anti-Palestinian Vandalism

Four Jewish Israelis have been arrested for alleged anti-Palestinian vandalism in the occupied West Bank, Israeli police said Tuesday.

The four suspects, including two teenagers aged 16 and 17, are suspected of having targeted Palestinian property for political reasons, though further details on the alleged crimes were not released.

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Israel Pledge to Admit Ethiopians Defuses Political Row

Israel is to admit hundreds more Ethiopian migrants with family in the Jewish state, the ruling party said, resolving a political crisis that had threatened to bring down the government.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party said on Thursday night it had agreed with its partners in the vulnerable coalition government that 1,300 Ethiopians would come this year and more would be considered later.

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